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Mold Legislation Before Congress To Help Americans With Mold Problems

Aug 18, 2007
In March of 2003, Congressman John Conyers Jr. out of Michigan introduced a bill to Congress called the United States Toxic Mold Safety and Protection Act.

This Bill says that the Centers for Disease Control and the Environmental Protection agency will be responsible for examining the effects of different kinds of mold on the health of human beings and they will research and develop more accurate results of the serious problems that are presented by the presence of mold in human habitats.

This Bill will also direct the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a certain number of items that will constitute the conditions that will cause mold to grow indoors and will outline what can be done in order to inhibit this growth.

These guidelines will not only address the causes of mold growth and what can be done to prevent it, but also the inspection, testing, and remediation techniques.

The Bill also says that you could receive tax credits for the inspection and/or removal and remediation of any mold in the home or business.

Grants will be given for the removal of mold in any and all buildings accessible by the public.

It also will create what it calls a National Toxic Mold Insurance Program that will be administered by FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) in order to protect home and business owners from any crippling financial losses, because most insurance companies do not provide insurance for mold at all or what they do provide is inadequate.

It will also necessitate the modification of building codes in local areas in order to keep the risk of mold infections in newly built homes and other buildings down.

This bill will also require mold inspections for apartment complexes and any other multi-unit residential property. Public housing is also subject to these mandatory mold inspections.

Victims of mold health complications will also be covered by Medicaid if they do not have any other health care in place at the time.

It has also authorized the establishment of different public information programs that will educate the public about the hazards of mold that is allowed to grow indoors.

It is believed that an educated public is better prepared to defend itself against these hazards.

For more information, please visit http://www.house.gov/conyers/mold.htm . If you support this bill, please contact your congressman as soon as you can to show your support and help push this through so we can be safer.
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